Debra Myhill's opinion piece in The Guardian.
Discussion between teachers and children about writing is a crucial tool to help pupils learn about grammar, a new study shows.
The natural world and fantasy helps young children use sophisticated words such as “slithering” and “abracadabra”, one of the largest studies to measure pupils’ language skills has found.
Children can be left confused and unable to write accurate sentences because of “uncertain” grammar teaching, experts have warned. But confident teachers can enable students to use their grammar knowledge to help them craft and create their writing and positively support children’s development as writers.
Experts will help teachers develop their own skills as creative writers so they can help boost children’s confidence in writing.
Experts will collect the most extensive archive to date of children’s school work as part of a major project seeking to track how the way they use language changes as they get older.